Feeling stronger and looking ahead

Here we are, one week out from Christmas! For the most part, I think I have everything under control but no matter how far ahead I work, there are always last minute details to finish up.

This past week, we surprised the girls with a getaway to an indoor water park about an hour away. We like the idea of making the holidays more about experiences together than gifts, although they will still get some gifts.  Here’s hoping that message is going to stick.

In training, I’m starting to feel like myself again and by the end of the week I even joined in a workout for the first time in several weeks.  It’s getting me excited to set some goals and work toward a spring race or two.

Monday: 4 miles easy + short strength

Tuesday:  easy 50 minutes on the bike

Wednesday:  6 miles with a few hill sprints thrown in (8:22 ave) early before we left for the Great Wolf Lodge

Thursday: 6 miles easy (8:40s) after we returned from our getaway

Friday:  1 hour walk

Saturday: 11 miles (7:48 ave)

I had two friends to chase on this one and we aimed for 3 rounds of 8:00, 7:30 and 7:00 although I skipped the last repeat of the 7:00 mile as I didn’t want to get my heart rate up that much this early on and end up back where I was, feeling over-trained. The other 8 miles of work felt surprisingly good!

Sunday: 5.5 easy (8:55 pace)

I’m back to decent mileage, in the low 30s, and will hang out here for a few weeks.  I put my first spring race on the calendar: the Asbury Half marathon.  It’s a new one for me, but only an hour away and one I’ve heard good things about.

Are you ready for the holidays?

Have you registered for any 2019 races?

Also, for some good reading, check out these tips for running faster from fellow run blogger, Alex.

I’m linking up with Wendy and HoHo from The Weekly Wrap and with PattyErika, and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Ru

3 thoughts on “Feeling stronger and looking ahead

  1. Glad to see you back and getting some miles in. I haven’t planned anything in Spring just yet. I wish we had some shorter races in the winter though.

  2. My kids always BEG me to go to Great Wolf Lodge and I’m trying to hold off as long as I can – LOL!!! And we are using the “experiences” theme across the board with our gift giving this year. Time is so much more fun and important. I hope it goes well for you guys.
    Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing your build up to another half!
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